How many Vidarbha farmers need to die before the government wakes up?
Saturday, 3 January 2015 Mumbai
Perhaps it was the several disasters that came back-to-back, or the excitement in the build-up to New Year celebrations, but the 12 farmers in Vidarbha who committed suicide in the 72 hours leading to December 28, 2014, barely made news. Maharashtra has had the highest numbers of farmer suicides (as many as 60,750!) in the country between 1995 and 2013. On an average, 3,685 farmers in the state took their lives every year between 2004-13. This works out to over 10 farmer suicides per day for a decade!